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Starts

11 Sep 2023

Study mode

Full Time

Campus

Framwellgate Moor Campus

Duration

1 year

Level

Level 6

Awarding body

Open University

Course code

GRAPF6001A01
Fee Information

Standard Fees of £9000

All fees are payable (no fee remission/reduction applies).
However, eligible students can apply to Student Finance England for a student loan, which could cover both tuition fees and living costs. Student Finance England can be contacted directly at www.gov.uk/studentfinance or call 0300 100 0607.


Please note, these prices are for the current academic year and may be subject to change for our courses starting in future years.

This course will nurture creativity and support concept development to a level where you can seek employment, engage in self-employment or undertake further study.

Course details may be subject to change

This course aims to enhance the expertise, creativity and dedication required to successfully establish a career within your chosen specialism in design.

You can focus on your preferred specialist discipline such as graphic design, web design, textile design, multimedia design, or interior design, or take a broad and inventive multi-disciplinary approach based on what you want to see in your portfolio.

There is opportunity for external work placement and freelance design work to enhance your portfolio, and ensure you are developing the skills required to be a confident practitioner.

Entry Criteria

Standard Entry criteria

  • You should hold a Level 5 qualification at course commencement (HND/FdA/international equivalent 120 ECTS Credits) in a design related discipline.
  • All external applicants must be interviewed with an art and design based portfolio (international applicants via internet/email).
  • Evidence of digital literacy within portfolio to meet the needs of Level 6.
  • To have or be working towards Level 2 or equivalent in English Language (or a minimum 5.5 IELTS in each band for international applicants).

Non-standard entry criteria:

  • Evidence of appropriate creative experience or employment within the creative industries.
  • All applicants with non-standard criteria must be interviewed with an art and design based portfolio (international applicants via internet/email respectfully).
  • Evidence of digital literacy within portfolio to meet the needs of Level 6.
  • To have or be working towards Level 2 or equivalent in English Language (or a minimum 5.5 IELTS in each band for international applicants).

To gain entry to the programme, you must satisfy the standard or non-standard entry requirements to the course. If you fulfil the non-standard entry requirements, your application will be considered on the basis of relevant work experience and attainment of skills, which demonstrate an ability to study at this level.

Given the wide experience of potential applicants to this course, applications for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Accreditation of Experiential Learning (APEL) are welcomed in accordance with Academic Regulations. However, these must be discussed as part of the admissions process as once a student is registered to a programme RPL/APEL may not be considered for approval.

What are the next steps?

Once an application has been received it is recorded and acknowledged by the college admissions team. The course team then views the application.

The process for interview is as follows:

  • Applications welcomed through UCAS and NCD Application Form.
  • All applicants are interviewed with portfolio of art and design work (international applicants via internet/email).
  • Acceptance, conditional acceptance, or rejection via UCAS and New College Durham application process after interview.

Entry to the course is at the discretion of the course team and based upon the combination of successful interview and a portfolio that illustrates an ability to meet Level 6 course learning outcomes.

Additional Costs

Additional costs will include general art and design materials, access to a digital camera and personal computer (Mac or PC) with Adobe Creative software.

There will also be expenses for a yearly London visit, optional international visit, and costs associated with the mandatory presentation of creative outcomes in the final degree show exhibition.

Study Aims

Aims are as followed:

  • Encourage development of professional, innovative and creative outcomes in a supportive work-related learning environment
  • Engage in academic activities and negotiated projects, as simulated or live client briefs, underpinned by personalised learning and individual focus
  • Promote engagement in industry focussed work, supporting the acquisition of professional skills relevant to employment or self-employment opportunities within the creative industries.

Modules Studied The programme contains the following three modules:

  • Professional Context - Synthesise professional design skills through creative activity centred on self-promotion and creative portfolio building to support progression into a design focused career or further study.
  • Design Research Study - Self-initiated and creatively designed in-depth research study on a topic of your choice.
  • Final Major Project - Set your own self-initiated final major project(s) focussed on enhancing your personal style, opportunity for freelance, live work and work placements.

Times of Delivery

Monday 9am-12pm, 2pm-3pm

Wednesday 9am-12pm, 1pm-4pm

Any times indicated are based on current courses and may be subject to change in future years. Full timetables will be confirmed at the start of each course.

Teaching and Assessment

A range of teaching, learning and assessment strategies are incorporated into the programme and are appropriate for those studying at Level 6.

Personal Tutor System A comprehensive personal tutor system is in place to make sure you have a direct personal contact with an individual member of the course team, to discuss academic and personal matters relevant to your learning. You will be allocated a personal tutor when first registering to the course.

Academic Support In addition to support from your personal tutor, you will receive academic support from your module tutors. Support is given via tutorials at set intervals during the academic year and there is likely to be opportunity within some studio sessions for additional support.

Industry Links

This programme places focus upon the opportunity for you to engage in, and gain credit for, the development of industry based work. You will be given the opportunity to contribute to live client briefs with local and national organisations.

Placement

You will be encouraged to engage in work experience activities to enhance your portfolio and develop work based skills needed for progression.

Where can it take me?

Artists £35,880 Potential salary

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Graphic designers £31,200 Potential salary

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